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Solar Flares

Geography | 7-14 yrs | look and take
  • A solar flare is a sudden brightening observed over the Sun surface.
  •  The flare ejects clouds of electrons, ions, and atoms through the corona into space.
  •  They produce radiation across the electromagnetic spectrum.
  •  Flares occur in active regions around sunspots.
  •  Flares are powered by the sudden release of magnetic energy stored in the corona.
  •  X-rays and UV radiation emitted by solar flares can disrupt long-range radio communications.
  • Solar flares were first observed on the Sun by Richard Christopher Carrington and Richard Hodgson.
  •  Flares occur in active regions around sunspots.
  •  The frequency of occurrence of solar flares varies according to an 11 year cycle.

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